It’s time to dust off the skis and celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the 9th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival as it makes its Sandpoint appearance at the Panida Theater on Friday, November 22 (the festival is also hosted in Spokane later in the winter).  The ten unique  films included in this year’s festival will inspire you to get out in the backcountry this season. The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. Films not to miss this year include Valhalla, the new one from Sweetgrass Productions; Bolton Valley, a story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area; the latest from Powderwhore, as well as several others.

Funds raised from the Sandpoint festival showing this year will help Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE) provide intentional, affordable, and accessible outdoor education for local area youth. To facilitate this, the showing in Sandpoint serves up a silent auction for those in search for some holiday outdoor gift ideas; a raffle of various local goods and services for all attendees; and a VIP pre-event with additional benefits including premier seating. More info at www.soleexperiences.org.